What Do You Wear To Battle?

Don’t forget your armor.
Important protection,
of unknown origin.
Battle Stance!

I had to do some quick sketches before I got to work today.  There was a deep need to create and I needed to satisfy it, else I go mad from deprivation.  I start my second week of work tomorrow, doing Tech Support for Xerox.  I’m enjoying the challenge of learning new things, and developing new skills sets.

The Journey

-Jesse

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour.” – Aristotle

When Things Made Less More Sense

 

Here’s a throw back if I’ve ever seen one.  Created somewhere between 2007-08, this gem was going to be my first comic strip in my webcomic Another Alternative.  The strip was to be a slice of life style comic with it’s main character based loosely off of me.

Man I got such a kick off of this.  I happened across it, while I was going through an old (really old) external hard-drive, it didn’t have what I was looking for, but I did find years of art experimentation, most of which was my first couple years playing in Photoshop back in 2007-2009.

imajjjination_angel
2006-2007 Logo idea for my Brothers and I

Just celebrated my 32nd orbit last week and I’m fortunate to have just started a new job today.  To top it off, I just helped sent an earlier commission to get printed on T-Shirts and I’m about to start on another big commission to get it ready for print soon.  I’m super excited and it feels great to have all these pieces falling into place.  I’ll start sharing some stuff whenever I get the greenlight to.

I’m going to have to be really careful managing my time and ensuring everything stays in balance with each other, but I’m eager to learn more about the whole process of producing T-shirt designs.

Just some out loud forward thinking, but I want to have a collection of T-shirts available by 2017.

The Journey is Becoming very Interesting
-Jesse

“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.” – Wallace Wattles

Renka

 

Not sure where this came from, but it was fun to create.
So, many colors!

-Jesse

 

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
–Amy Bloom

Gloria from Peach Dahlia

 

I decided to do things a bit differently this time around.

For starters I kept my brush at 100% Opacity.

Secondly, I only used one brush (the Horse Main brush from the Impasto Brushes from the GrutBrushes.com).

Thirdly, I choose my color palette prior to starting this painting, which felt weird, but I had already chosen the reference image and had some inspiration.  So, my color choices were based off of those feelings and ideas.

soon

Lastly, I did my best to think before placing each brushstroke, focusing on if using a vertical or horizontal or diagonal stroke would be best then choosing the appropriate color, then making the stroke.

All in all, I didn’t waste as much time and energy fixing mistakes or changing things and I felt like the painting as a whole came together far smoother than previous paintings.  I can’t wait to use this technique again.

-Jesse

 

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Healer: Solin the Flutest

 

I felt more comfortable drawing in my own style as oppose to drawing in a Manga Anime style.  I think my own style does take some influences from the Japanese style of drawing/animation, but I also have other influences merging together as well.

Most notably would probably be Western comics such as Marvel (Drawing the Marvel Way was my introduction into my journey of drawing in many ways) and DC, but also Disney’s animated movies played a huge role as well in shaping my own style.

I am interested to see the evolution of my drawing style when combined with my sketchy painting method I’ve recently been practicing.

Very interested indeed.
-Jesse

“I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

Tambourine

 

Big yawn and misspelled words informs me of my bedtime
Reaching my early middle years
A gentle reassurance that I still have time

-Jesse

 

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work!” – Thomas Edison

Momentum

 

Dumbledore only has so much hair.

-Jesse

 

“There Are Far Better Things Ahead Than Any We Leave Behind.” –  C.S. Lewis

Work in Progress

 

-Jesse

 

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention” – Oscar Wilde

Growling

 
-Jesse

 

“Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.” ~Samuel Butler

Lino

 

Gotta go adult

-Jesse

 

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln

Healer

 

Still haven’t quite figured out the Manga/Anime style of drawing yet.  I’ve been getting closer, but I’m not sure if I’ll have it sorted by the end of the contest (July 31st).  On a brighter note, I have more than ten different Fantasy style characters that I’m really excited about bringing to life.

This character is based off of a Shepherd and then I mixed some traditional European clothing elements in there and then threw in a cute little bow and a healthy helping of cleavage.  I wanted to add some bells on her boots and shirt, but just put green balls instead, might change it later.

I started on a second character (also a Healer), but I drew it in my own style and I liked it much better… Might be a sign.

P.S. – Pinterest is AWESOME!!!

-Jesse

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely places.” – Roald Dahl